Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 279: Various Provincial Councils
Various Provincial Councils
If the extant acts from the Council of Tellus are accepted, that council should be dated in 417. Another council was held at Tusdre (Thusdre), a well known colony in Byzacena near Hadrumetum.1 Ferrandus gives us two canons from the latter.2 One canon orders a bishop admonished to be present in a council to be deprived of communion if he failed to appear unless sickness or old age excused him. The other canon gives bishops deputized for an ecumenical council the power to prevent those not so deputized from assisting at that council. Vincent of Culusa and Fortunatianus of Naples, bishops in Proconsular, witness in the Council of Tellus they had assisted previously at the Council in Thusdre with the bishops of Byzacena. They requested two letters from Siricius be read as the other bishops had also requested. Thus these two councils took place close together in time.3 Latonus, bishop of Thenen (Tenisus) in Byzacena, read one of the letters of Siricius.4
According to an extant fragment, a Council of Tellus was held on February 24, 418 in the Church of the Apostles. Donatianus, primate of Byzacena, presided.5 Thus it was a provincial council held perhaps to prepare for a general council to be convened at Carthage because of the Pelagians. This provincial council is entitled the Council of Byzacena. Donatianus is given the title bishop of Tellus in some manuscripts.6 However Baronius shows through...